Governor reports no gifts in 2012

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval played it safe in 2012 and accepted no gifts valued at more than $200 from anyone other than family.

Several top Nevada politicians came under fire last year when they reported taking thousands of dollars worth of gifts, such as tickets for travel and to sporting events. Sandoval himself took a $500 National Rodeo Finals jacket in 2011.

By Jan. 15 of each year, elected politicians and top appointed officials must submit financial disclosure statements to the secretary of state’s office. They must list their sources of income, property holdings, names of debtors to whom they owe $5,000 or more and identify who gave them gifts valued at $200 or higher.

Sandoval reported a salary of $149,573 as governor and noted his wife, Kathleen, works at the Children’s Cabinet in Reno. He did not indicate her salary, but based on documents last year, she earns slightly more than $83,000 a year.

Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and Secretary of State Ross Miller were criticized last year after the Review-Journal reported each took over $13,000 in gifts. Masto accepted tickets valued as $2,265 to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, while Krolicki took $520 in Boston Red Sox tickets from a friend.

In 2012, Masto reported $7,700 in gifts. There were no tickets to sporting events, but she did take money for travel to events.

Miller and Krolicki did not file their financial disclosure statement by Monday afternoon. State Treasurer Kate Marshall and Controller Kim Wallin reported taking no gifts.

Contact reporter Ed Vogel at evogel@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3901.

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